Author: Sloane Kennedy
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/18/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
Abandoned. Abused. Betrayed.
Ex-cop Maverick “Mav” James needs only three things. His Harley, an open road and his work in an underground organization that delivers justice when the law can’t.
Family? They left him long before he left them.
Friends? A liability.
A place to call home? Doesn’t exist.
Mav’s motto is simple: Get done and get out. Work, sex, doesn’t matter. No emotional connections. Simple.
Until he meets him.
Alone. Hiding. Broken.
At fifteen years old, Eli Galvez had nothing. No family, no friends and only his body as a means to make enough money to survive. But a chance meeting changed all that and eight years later, he’s well on his way to having the life he could once only dream of. He’s been accepted into medical school and he’s finally returned home to Seattle to be closer to the men and women who don’t share his blood, but are the only family he’s ever really known.
Only things aren’t what they seem and the secrets Eli has been hiding are about to come to the surface with dangerous consequences.
One final chance at a real future.
Guys like Eli just aren’t Mav’s type, period. Yet he can’t deny his intense attraction to the younger man who only looks at him with fear in his eyes. Until the day there’s something else in those eyes too. Something that draws Mav in and refuses to let go. Something that makes him want to forget his rules. But Mav’s learned the hard way what happens when you get too close to something. And while he vows to protect Eli after a violent attack leaves the younger man shaken, protection is all he’ll offer.
Because anything else would just cost too much.
I am really impressed with how this author keeps me so engaged with the characters she keeps inventing. Sloane is a relatively new author to me but I have devoured everything she has written and can’t wait to read what she has to yet to offer. Although the storylines often feature similar scenarios they always feel fresh and personal to the MC’s involved. I really like how she has intertwined another series with this one and that was far more prevalent in Forsaken as the Barretti’s had more page time.
Forsaken starts out quite slowly as we get to know Mav and Eli. Each of these characters has a background that has strongly affected, in fact which is still strongly affecting, who they are today. Eli is such a scared man and I genuinely thought it would be him that would have more issues in entering a relationship but quiet and brooding Mav, a man who is used to being rejected, is far more damaged in a lot of ways.
This story has the usual angst, drama and steamy love scenes that I have come to expect from this author but it has a lot more – it’s a story of self-discovery, of learning to trust and of two men who have to put their hearts on the line in the hope, even if it’s just a small thing at first, that their feelings will be reciprocated. They each bring strength and weakness to the relationship and for me it was that balance that made it work so well.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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